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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Sep 21, 2006 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Venue

Favorite venue...
There were several. I always liked Hampton Coliseum. General admission seating and they always seemed to play good shows there. Some nights that place was a spaceship that took us to universes far from our own.
Alpine Valley was also pretty cool. HUGE camping scene and good shows. One year we stayed at a near by state park - "Richard H. Bong Recreation Area". There was a lake and all the Deadheads got to swim in bong water...
Other favorites...
Deer Creek
SPAC - marshmallow wars.
Rochester's Silver Stadium - funky little place.
RFK - classic stadium.
JFK - too bad they tore it down. (Did anyone ever get the itchy feet while at JFK? Something was on the grass?)

But I would have to say my absolute favorite was the Greek Theatre. Awesome!!!!!!

Worst venues?
Giants Stadium
Foxboro
Boston Garden - poor sound, but great shows.

I often felt that the venue not only greatly affected my enjoyment of the show, but also colored the band's performance. There were certain places that they just seemed to get off on, even if the sound sucked or securtiy was harsh or whatever.

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Poster: Tom Foolery 29 Date: Sep 21, 2006 7:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Venue

Itchy feet from JFK...how about an itchy a$$!

It was from the fiberglass the seats were made out of.

I have seen shows up and down the entire east coast and ventured out to the west as well. I am a little bias but the "home town" shows at the Spectrum have always been my fav. You could always count on a great Shakedown Street most times during a philly stint at the Spectrum!

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Poster: Chubber Tomkee Date: Sep 21, 2006 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Venue

What about the west coast outdoor venues?

The Greek
The Frost
Irvine
Laguna Seca

Also -

Red Rocks in the rain ('82)
Henry J Kaiser

Midwest -

Alpine
Deer Creek

East -

SPAC
MPP
MSG
The Knick
Spectrum

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Poster: CPettingill Date: Sep 21, 2006 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Venue

Merriweather Post Pavillion. Loved the way the music rumbled through the trees.